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Survey suggests 20% of Android users want to buy the new iPhone

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A survey of 1,300 people determined that in addition to upgrading to the new iPhone, users want better battery life, faster performance and 4G/LTE connectivity. The survey, performed by Techbargains.com, also determined that about three out of four existing iPhone owners expect to upgrade to the new iPhone.

About one out of five Android users plan to make the switch to the new iPhone and iOS 6, while a larger one in three segment of BlackBerry and non-smartphone users plan to take a bite. However, in those categories there were just as many people that were still undecided. Anticipated enthusiasm for the new device is about the same as when the new iPad was released earlier this year.

More than half of those surveyed do not have a firm time frame to pick up their new device. The true believers, apparently about 10%, will wait in line on the day of the release. Meanwhile, a solid one in five out of those that would not be buying the new iPhone stated their reason as that they hated Apple. About half believe the subsidized price point will remain the same, starting at $199.

The topic alone always brings about a lively discussion, but if you plan to upgrade or switch, from what and why?

source: TechBargains via Electronista

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posted on 05 Sep 2012, 01:24 25

1. 09wbd03516 (banned) (Posts: 140; Member since: 30 May 2012)


Let the fanboy wars begin!!!

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 01:35 24

6. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


Let me get my pop corn, coke and enjoy the comments :P

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 02:39 23

27. dickwyn (Posts: 568; Member since: 07 May 2012)


well i'm obviously not on the 20% of users who want to change to the new iPhone

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 03:55 7

46. E.N. (Posts: 2224; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


1 in 5 Android users is a lot and that's not even counting all the undecided users. I thought Android was magic happy land, why would anyone want to leave?

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 04:47 3

51. weinerslav (Posts: 126; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


Do you understand the numbers? Also 3 out of 4 iphone users expect to upgrade, 1 out of 4 is 25 percent iphone users wont or are uncedided... I tought ios was a magic land, why would anyone want to leave?

See? You can read things as you want, if you're smart enough for that...

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 06:19 5

66. E.N. (Posts: 2224; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


This is not about reading things as you want. I actually asked a pretty reasonable question. If I asked why iOS users are leaving to Android, you guys would come up with a million reasons. But this here is a large percentage of people switching from Android to iOS, which should be surprising to Android fans. My question: if Android is better than iOS in every single way and if iOS sucks soooo bad, why are Android users switching?

And you're asking if I understand the numbers? You seem a little lost so we're going to play a little game. Lets see if you can keep up.

To start off, you do realize that 3/4 iPhone users buying the iPhone is a huge number right? Just try to visualize what that actually means and what you'll see everywhere in a few months. The remaining 1/4 who didn't say yes consists of 17% who are undecided and 9% that flat out said No. Now, of those 9% that said No, 53% are keeping their current iPhones (maybe they can't upgrade) and 38% said they want to switch to Android. If you do the math (38% of 9%), that's only 3.42% of iPhone users that wants to switch to Android.

About 33% of non-smartphone owners will buy the new iPhone, and 35% aren't sure yet. 40% of Blackberry users will buy it and 32% aren't sure.

Now let's switch to Android, best for last (or so we thought). 22% flat out said they want to switch to iPhone. That in itself already spells disaster, but unfortunately (for you), it continues. And additional 27% are undecided and only 51% knows for sure that they won't buy an iPhone. Of course this is only a survey, but its still really bad news.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 07:21 1

71. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Not much, I think we see this surveys every year and last time the number was bigger than this one if I'm not mistaken

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 10:40 1

83. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


alright, lets put this in perspective. We get these surveys all the time. "intention" and "reality" never match up. The surveys always say that large swaths of android users want to get the next iphone... if that actually happened apple would have a much bigger market share than they do now.

Also, most every survey says that apple users overwhelmingly intend on staying with apple.. normally like 85%+ say they plan on getting another iphone. This is the LOWEST number I've ever seen on a survey for apple customer planned return business.

Then there is this line " Meanwhile, a solid one in five out of those that would not be buying the new iPhone stated their reason as that they hated Apple."

20% of people that dont want the new iphone HATE apple. That has also NEVER happened before.

Apple's bad deeds and litigation bullying is coming back to bite them in the booty.

Spin it however you want. This was by far the least positive "will you buy the next iphone" report ever for apple.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 11:11 3

85. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


I don't think he understands the main people who do want to make the switch from Android to iOS are more than likely the people who have cricket low end Android phones. My younger sister being one of them but per usual I let her know there's always high end Androids to look at before she jumps ship and getting a free on contract Android phone is probably not the best thing to have done. I'm not going to push anyone away from getting an iPhone but ill make sure they are fully informed before they impulse buy.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 12:39 2

89. E.N. (Posts: 2224; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


So you're saying that as high as 50% of Android users are using low-end phones? Fine, you said it not me.

I know at the end of the day, this is just some survey and that these numbers aren't 100% exact, but I think this should really wake some of you up. Whether you buy Android or iOS, I couldn't care less. I've actually highly recommended Android devices to some of my friends as well. But at the of the day android is great, but its not all that. That's the answer I was hoping someone would give. But this is phonearena so I didn't get my hopes up, lol.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 12:20 2

87. E.N. (Posts: 2224; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


All you're doing is talking, I need some evidence. The last survey I remember is a 70% retention rate for Android and an 80% retention for iPhone. I really doubt that last year 85+% of iOS users were considering buying the iPhone 4S, lol so no I don't think this was the lowest number ever.

And even if this was the lowest number ever (which I disagree with, but you can prove me wrong with a link), it still doesn't change the fact that only 51% of Android users know they don't want iPhone. That's a sad sad number, especially considering Android's market share.

People have always hated the iPhone, what do you mean that has never happened before? Maybe it has NEVER been asked before? 20% of people who said no cause they hate Apple actually sounds reasonable, and I bet it would have been similar a year ago. So little people care/know about these "bad deeds and litigation bullying". You guys need to learn how to separate online hating, screaming, and bashing from what's happening in real life.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 15:52 1

90. ftyler223 (Posts: 140; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)


well said

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 16:30

92. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


you do realize that some people actually watch the news, talk to friends, read blogs without responding and have formed their own opinions on the matter out side of "online hating, screaming, and bashing"... right?

old reasons why people didnt like the iphone
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-20012612-37.html

notice "i hate apple" didnt even make the list.

here's one that shows apple has a massive lead on people that "plan to buy" by more than 50%
Yet.. of course, that never happened, otherwise apple would have much more market share.
http://www.macworld.com/article/1164687/survey_iph one_4s_tops_planned_smartphone_purchases.html

look, the i4s had a 96% satisfaction rate... now apple has a 20% "i hate and would never buy" rate not even a year later. Hmm.. I wonder what has happened since xmas 2011 to make people stop liking apple so much.

would that be? litigation madness? Apple being percieved as a bully by many? location scandals, "4g" fraud, warranty scandals, ect ect ect.

http://www.macrumors.com/2011/12/01/survey-finds-9 6-of-customers-satisfied-with-iphone-4s/

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 21:15 1

96. E.N. (Posts: 2224; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


You're misconstruing these links. What you posted showed that 96% of iPhone 4S users (who already purchased the phone) are happy with it, not that 96% of 2011 iPhone users planned on buying the iPhone.

The poll asked "What do you dislike most about your iPhone 4" Again, these people already own the iPhone 4. Why would you buy the iPhone if you hate Apple? Remember, the above survey reported that 20% of those that said "No," not 20% of everyone. They should have asked individuals who didn't purchase the iPhone if If they hated Apple because a ton of people were PISSED about the whole antenna issues and "you're holding it the wrong way". Of course we can't go back in time, but 20% discontent with Apple seems reasonable.

But everything we're arguing about now is pretty insignificant because I've already made my point: "android is great, but its not all that" and a lot of android and iOS users agree.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 02:09

100. Mittal (Posts: 427; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


Why do we forget that iOS runs only on few expensive Apple only devices that delivers good overall experience keeping the operating system as a constant ? And that Android has a more varied presence such that it runs on devices as cheap as 100$ off contract which is bound to give a NOT THE BESTEST overall experience. In that case why blame the OS when the hardware is not up to par?
Compare top end Android phones and iPhones and THEN publish the survey results !!

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 19:27

95. weinerslav (Posts: 126; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


You can't say "I thought Android was magic happy land, why would anyone want to leave?" and hope to be making a reasonable question, irony doesn't make anything reasonable. But thank you for taking your time to copy down the numbers, I hadn't seen the source before, maybe because I really don't care. And still... 3,42% want to change, "I tought ios was a magic land, why would anyone want to leave?" (See? Very reasonable question...)

And honestly, people change because they can, fortunately there is still choice, everybody likes to change from time to time, or so I think... And don't say "for you", because I don't have a team, I just don't care about someone saying what's better for me, I know what's better for me.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 21:18

97. E.N. (Posts: 2224; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


"I just don't care about someone saying what's better for me, I know what's better for me"

I think we're on the exact same page.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 10:47 1

84. carlos5593 (Posts: 21; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


E. N this is a survey on the I phone only. I bet you if they go around asking for the note 2 or razor hd the numbers will look about the same if not better. Now one more thing. The survey was conducted in the U.S ONLY apple's motherland so I don't think apple will go no where with this.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 12:23 1

88. E.N. (Posts: 2224; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


The survey asked random iOS, Android, and Blackberry users, so it doesn't matter what phone was asked. As high as 50% of Android users may buy the iPhone 5. I don't think 50% of iOS users will buy the Note II or Razor HD.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 18:17 1

94. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


The survey's question is, do you plan to buy the new iPhone when it is released. It's a question solely on iPhones and most likely taken in the US. If I throw out a survey, Which smartphone do you want to purchase, with the options of HOX, SGS3, NOTE2, iPhone 5, Lumia 920, I'm sure the result of the survey will be completely different.

Out of the 27% of undecided Android user, it's safe to say at least 40%-50% will get the not new iPhone due to the response to "If undecided, why?" section of the survey.

If you also look at the features that the shoppers are looking for, Android phone has most of the feature qualifications. I could also claim that 50+% the iPhone users who are "undecided" and "no", will most likely buy an Android base on the wanted features.

It's a survey based on 1300 people, anyone could see the numbers anyway they want and debate using those numbers anyway they want, it's pointless. Just let the quarterly sales do the talking later on.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 21:29 1

98. E.N. (Posts: 2224; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


OK we're really dragging this out.

"Android phone has most of the feature qualifications"
- why are people even considering iPhone 5/6 in the first place? The Android phones that satisfy the qualifications have been out for a while like the SGIII and One X

Of course some of the undecided users won't buy the iPhone. Duh! The fact they're waiting and even considering the iPhone is what I wanted to highlight. If the public consensus was anywhere near the environment you guys create on this site and if Android was as perfect as you guys paint it out to be, I expected to see damn near 100% of Android users flat out say No.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 13:27

102. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


You're not really responding to my post.

My post is telling you that you could use what you want from the survey to prove your point, and I could use whatever I want from the survey to prove my point. What I'm trying to tell you is on my previous post is the percentage of Android users switching to iPhone is probably not as high as 49%, but probably roughly around 35%. With the feature qualifications that people are looking for AND if those 50% of iPhone users (under "undecided" and "no" range) are waiting for a device qualifying with those qualifications that could also be a large percentage of people getting Android. Not to mention PA posted another survey result yesterday from PriceGrabber where only 21% of the people will actually get the iPhone.

If you just want to give your opinion that Android is not the best there is, then I'll definitely agree with you. No OS is perfect. However, I do think that with Android handsets and features, it has way more than what iPhone has to offer. If Apple could step up the game and bring a lot more than what iPhone has to offer now, then I'm sure there'll be more praises for iPhone from Android users on this web site. The only problem is, Apple really haven't gone anywhere since the iPhone 4, it's Android competitors is just leaving Apple in the dust and eventually behind WP if it keeps this up.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 06:15 2

65. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


That's the Spirit!

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 03:14 1

38. Nookie4u (Posts: 127; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)


hahahahaha, 1+ for ya! I'll just wait and see when the real thing is out, not judge on leaks.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 05:28 3

61. rainyday (Posts: 44; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


Android foreva!

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 01:27 26

3. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


LOL we have our thoughts about switching to the iphone........BUT, then we think back to why we are with android in the first place! theres just to much to leave behind guys ..plain n simple........ :)

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 02:21 5

17. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5531; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I wonder why the survey didn't include a category for iPhone sers who were going to switch to an Android handset? It does happen; for example, there are some iPhone users who get fed up with their slow data connection on the 4S. If Sammy gets a sales ban against Apple over the LTE patents, expect more iPhone users to make the switch.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 02:30

20. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


well actually iPhone users will buy the next iPhone... they already did a survey for that... but they are not interested to the iPad mini...

im pretty sure that if they buy the next iPhone they will still buy an android coz of that... but they wont let go to their iPhone love...

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 03:44

42. dreeemer (Posts: 27; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


Is that really a picture YOU? Wow! I'll buy whatever phone you want me to have...lol

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 03:51 2

43. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


*rolls my eyes*

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 05:11 2

56. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3881; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Looks like Miley Cyrus... I doubt she'd be on here.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 08:23

76. JunitoNH (Posts: 839; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


It is, Miley............lol kids. +1 for you.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 05:23

59. Hemlocke (unregistered)


"Sales ban." Put down that Samsung crack pipe. Those "headlines" were sensationalism and sour grapes on the part of the Samsung execs, because while they may have 10% of all LTE patents, they have pretty close to 0% of a chance of winning a sales ban with that. Why? Their patents are standards essential (FRAND), Apple also owns some LTE patents of their own from the Nortel sale, they have some from the cross-licensing deal with Nokia, and let's not forget, they are using the Gobi chip, which means they are licensed through Qualcomm, who owns the lion's share of all LTE patents.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 21:41

99. E.N. (Posts: 2224; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


the did include it. 38% of the 9% said they don't want the new iPhone said so because they wanted an Android device. That comes out to 3.42% of iPhone users

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 01:28 15

4. darktranquillity (Posts: 284; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


But i got android, something far far better than ios and i'll stick to it.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 05:03 3

53. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 258; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


iOS is looking even worse now that Anonymous found FBI playing with 12M Apple UDIDs. Things are two:

1) Fruit sold that information
2) Someone hacked that information

Both cases are scary.
Still want to switch to the new iPhone? :)

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 01:34 13

5. hateftotti (Posts: 134; Member since: 03 May 2011)


What a stupid survey...

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 05:09

55. andro. (Posts: 1935; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Yes a survey performed by a website were absolutely anyone can log on and vote under any aliases, hmmmm

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 01:41 3

7. Leo_MC (Posts: 476; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


People are so obtuse; that's why the majority of iPhone users don't even thinks that another platform can suit their needs better and also - as stated here too - an fandroid can even imagine that their choice could be the bad one...
That's just being stupid.
I don't get it: why won't one use something different if that is what one needs?!
20% is a fare percentage; I have an Android phone right now, I like it a lot (because it is not a Samsung plastic cracking ugly s*it) but my next phone will most certainly be Nokia or iPhone; more Nokia because of MS ecosystem.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 01:41 17

8. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


I think buying an iPhone over Android would be kind of a Downgrade since you cant do much with iOS

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 01:53 13

12. whysoserious (Posts: 316; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


I totally agree. Switching from Android to iOS is like having steak for breakfast, and egg and toast for lunch.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 05:14 1

58. andro. (Posts: 1935; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Your right there,anytime we show people currently with an android handset and looking to upgrade the iPhone any interest in it usually ends when they see its basically an app drawer grid ui and nothing else, this sudden limitation and realisation ends interest almost immediately

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 06:53 1

69. whysoserious (Posts: 316; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


And Apple claims that iOS is the best UI. Hah! Best UI my as*!

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 01:44 10

9. Reverence (Posts: 224; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)


nd 100percent of the iphone users wanna ditch iphone

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 01:46 3

10. Doakie (Posts: 1101; Member since: 06 May 2009)


I'm one of the one in five that wouldn't buy because I HATE Apple. I'm glad they recognize that segment exists.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 01:49 3

11. bkb01 (Posts: 43; Member since: 21 Aug 2012)


the picture on the right will be exactly what the iphone 5 will look like..quite long.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 03:32

40. smartphone (Posts: 160; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


Nope, phonearena had just leaked " the next next new iPhone 5sss "

One thought about the survey a high end android user will be least likely to buy next iPhone, only the middle end devices users can switch because android manufacturers creates mess with their medium devices.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 04:41

49. Vinayakn73 (Posts: 113; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


It's innovation dumbo, don't you know.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 01:54 5

13. jael206 (Posts: 117; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


i hate apple.. this survey is fake.. most people already feel bad about apple after that stupid result of the recent patent case, then you go tell me that most android users want to shift to iphone? man, that is plain old bull$#*+!!

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 02:58

34. soshi (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)


The survey maybe real, but I believe most of iPhone owner who upgrade to new iPhone only want it because they want join the euforia not because they need it. come on, what feature? siri, facebook integration? My xperia arc s has google now and I remove fb inside xperia because bloatware for me. The survey don't state what android phone the participant use. What if they are the owner of cheap chinese phone.

I would glad if I can buy iPhone but only for style not function, but if their price only below $100. that the price for fashion and phone

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 02:02 8

15. antoninslejska (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


If I calculate it correctly, then 6.3% of the 1.300 people wants to switch from Android to iPhone (14% from 45%) and 10.85% from iPhone to Android (38% from 31%). Good for Android I think.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 02:13 6

16. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


of course solid android fans wont go to iPhone!!!

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 02:41 4

32. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


And for GOOD FU.CKING REASON TOO!!!

I figured since you gave off an air of excitement, I would follow suit.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 02:44 2

33. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


free and forever will be

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 02:24

18. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Good survey. 1 in 5 isn't too bad. 22 percent is actually lower than the amount of Android users who would have switched to the 4S if it was a significant iPhone upgrade last year, which was 27 percent.

http://www.bgr.com/2011/09/28/41-of-mobile-users-in-north-america-plan-to-buy-iphone-5-study-suggests/

(note: make sure to skip to the actual source article in gray; the article itself mistakenly flips the Blackberry and Android statistics and was never fixed. Phonearena didn't notice this when they reposted the story, and it took weeks to convince SOME users-who will not be named-that the numbers were indeed flip flopped.)

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 02:35

25. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5531; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Going from 27% of Android users who would switch to 22% is something of a negative trend. Nothing like proof of 'stale-ness' for Timmy and company.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 02:40

29. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Granted, it's two different surveys from two different groups, but yeah, I think it's telling. There are compelling Android phones on every carrier now, as opposed to last year when you had to choose between a good processor, good screen, and 4G LTE. Basically you had to choose two out of three. The latest phone out at this time last year was the Bionic, which really wasn't the phone it needed to be, and the Galaxy S 2 wasn't really on the carriers at large yet.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 02:27 3

19. voxmarc (Posts: 299; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


Survey was conducted among the phone arena employees led by victor h.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 02:30 4

21. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Oh come on now, that's unfair. The writers here are usually pretty good these days.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 02:31

22. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


ahahaha...good one!!!

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